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Broken bridge disrupts traffic

Luke Rawalai
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

TRAFFIC to and from the greater Nakorotari area has been disrupted after the beam of the Vunimoli Irish crossing was damaged by strong floodwaters last Friday.

Vunimoli resident Satya Prasad said the beam had been rotting for some time and continuous use by vehicles made it weak.

"At about midday last Friday the beam gave in and the bridge had to be closed to vehicles even though people could still cross over the bridge," he said.

"People coming in from town to travel through Nakorotari, Suweni and Vakuru had to get off at the crossing and carry their shopping through by foot.

"We are appealing to authorities to fix the bridge as people will be affected, especially commuters along this road."

Another Suweni resident, Pio Nakalevu said bus services were affected as a result.

"Most of us have to carry our shopping across by foot and find our transport on the other side which is really difficult," he said.

Meanwhile, acting Fiji Roads Authority CEO Dale Nicholls said they were aware of the damaged bridge at Vunimoli.

"Our people are already at the bridge doing assessment before we start work on the bridge," he said.

"At the moment we are setting up a temporary measure to allow light goods vehicles to cross the bridge before we implement a permanent solution early next year."